Mystic Symbolism

Rosicrucian Salon Bibliography
Steven Armstrong, Ph.D (abd)
October 11, 2005


 Bayley, Harold. The Lost Language of Symbolism. 2vv. London: Williams and Norgate, 1912.

 Cirlot, J.E. A Dictionary of Symbols. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1962.

 D’Alviella, Goblet. The Migration of Symbols. New York: University Books, 1956.

 Foss, Martin. Symbol and Metaphor in Human Experience. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1949.

 Hirst, Désirée. Hidden Riches: Traditional Symbolism from the Renaissance to Blake. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1964.

 Olderr, Steven. Symbolism: A Comprehensive Dictionary. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 1986.

 Schwaller de Lubicz, Réné A. Esotericism and Symbol. Rochester VT: Inner Traditions, 1985.

 Seward, Barbara. The Symbolic Rose. Dallas: Spring Publications, 1954.

  Pre-Christian Crosses, etc.: Web pages on Cross, Symbols, etc.


 Cooke, Ian McNeil. Sun Disk to Crucifix: The Cross, A short illustrated history. Penzance, Cornwall: Men-an-Tol Studios, nd.

 DesignBoom Web Page. "The sign of signs: the many permutations of the cross"


 Miller, Crichton E. M. “The Celtic Cross.” Web Page.  &

 Prinke, Rafal T. “Early Symbolism Of The Rosy Cross.” The Hermetic Journal, 25 (1984), 11-15. and

 Ulansey, David. Home page.

 Ulansey, David. Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries. London: (Oxford University Press, revised paperback 1991. Ulansey theory that crossed legs of the Mythraic Torchbearers "represent the famous cross-- described by Plato in Timaeus 36c-- formed by the zodiac and the celestial equator, at the intersection point of which is the equinox" at

 Christian Cross:

 Benson, George Willard. The cross, its history & symbolism; an account of the symbol more universal in its use and more important in its significance than any other in the world. New York: Hacker Art Books, 1983. Reprint from 1934 edition.

 “The Cross, its origin and significance.” Web page at (A sectarian Christian site in the 20th century "purification" school, but useful references.

 Laliberté, Norman & Edward N. West. The history of the cross / Norman Laliberte and Edward N. West.  New York: Macmillan, 1960. 

 Ward, Henry Dana, 1797-1884.  History of the cross: the pagan origin, and idolatrous adoption and worship, of the image. London, J. Nisbet & co.; Philadelphia, Claxton, Remsen, & Haffelfinger, 1871. (From the "purification" school of 19th century conservative Christians who sought to expunge all pagan elements from Christian Practice.)

 Weidner, Jay & Vincent Bridges. A Monument to the End of Time: Alchemy, Fulcanelli and the Great Cross. Aethyrea Books LLC, 2000.


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